Thursday, November 29, 2007

Non-Christian Mary Daly Was A Theology Professor At Boston College For Thirty-Three Years

A glimpse of this alternative vision can be garnered from a former nun who was the first American woman to receive a doctorate in theology. This individual, Mary Daly, is this nation's best-known feminist theologian and, amazingly enough, continued to teach theology at Boston College for many years after she repudiated her belief in Christianity. A clear indication of this repudiation is given in the following statement:

"The Immaculate Conception is the ultimate depiction of (prenatal) woman-battering, mythical model of incestuous assault. It is the primal rape of the arch-image. Within the mad ill-logic of dogmatic constructs, it is logically prior to the rape of the Virgin that takes place at the 'Annunciation,' when the adolescent Mary is told by the Angel Gabriel that she is to be the Mother of God and gives her fictitious assent. To put it in other words, as a consequence of her initial rape ('grace'), Mary has become totaled, unable to resist divine aggression/lust/rape. At the 'Annunciation' then, the already raped Mary consents' to further rape."

Fortunately, most women do not subscribe to the extreme views expressed above by Mary Daly. But many women, and far too many men, more or less agree with Daly's anthropological views. And these views are at total variance with Genesis 1:27 concerning the nature of mankind.Genesis 1:27 states, "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them." This passage, wrote Pope John Paul II, constitutes the "immutable basis of all Christian anthropology" (Mulieris Dignitatem, #6). Of critical importance is that mankind's imaging of God includes maleness and femaleness. This imaging not only resembles God in the Three Persons of the Trinity but is also the divine plan for the continuation of the human race. Therefore, just as the Three Persons of the Trinity -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- live in relationship to one another, men and women created in God's image must live in relationship to one another. This unique imaging of God only properly occurs when a man and a woman become a "unity of two" in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. The receipt of God's grace through the proper administration of this Sacrament enables men and women to make a sincere "gift of self" to their spousal partner.

Unfortunately, feminists like Mary Daly and many others no longer accept these
Christian anthropological perspectives, and they have been busy working to
undermine them with assaults on the institution of marriage and the family.

Friedrich Engels, coauthor of The Communist Manifesto, believed that traditional feminine roles associated with marriage and family life led to the subjugation of women and, therefore, he proposed abolishing both institutions and raising children communally. Freeing women from the burden of raising children, Engels contended, would enable them to enter into the workforce and realize their potential. Anyone familiar with the rantings of many modern feminists can easily see the influence of Engels on their views.
An interviewwith Mary Daly in Enlightenment Magazine (here)

Link to the full New Oxford Review article entiteled "Two Marys Who Are Quite Contrary" (here)

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